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Foreign direct investment spillovers, absorptive capacities and human capital development : evidence from Argentina

  • Narula, Rajneesh
  • Marin, Anabel

Queries whether developing countries really benefit in terms of technology by attracting multinational enterprises through tax advantages and other benefits. Finds, in the case of Argentina, that a significant technology spillover does not occur automatically, but would require domestic investment in absorptive capacities like training or new equipment.

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Paper provided by International Labour Organization in its series ILO Working Papers with number 378212.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Publication status: Published in Multinational enterprises programme, working paper series
Handle: RePEc:ilo:ilowps:378212
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